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January 18, 2008


This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Medical Quality
Clancy CM. Designing for safety: evidence-based design and hospitals. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jan-Feb; 23(1):66-69. [Author is the AHRQ director.]

Wakefield DS, Ward MM, Groath D, et al. Complexity of medication-related verbal orders. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jan-Feb; 23(1):7-17. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS015196.] Select to access the abstract.

Wessell AM, Liszka HA, Nietert PJ, et al. Achievable benchmarks of care for primary care quality indicators in a practice-based research network. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jan-Feb; 23(1):39-46. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS013716.] [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS013716.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Trautmann GM, Kip KE, Richter HE, et al. Do short-term markers of treatment efficacy predict long-term equelae of pelvic inflammatory disease? Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Jan; 198(1):30.e1-7. [Supported by grant HS08358-05.] Select to access the abstract.

Bailit JL, Love TE. The role of race in cesarean delivery rate case mix adjustment. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Jan; 198(1):69.e1-5. [Supported by grant R-3 HS014352-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

AORN Journal
Hughes RG, Clancy CM. Research linking nurses' work hours to errors prompts more state restrictions. AORN J 2008 Jan; 87(1):209-11. {Authors are researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Parternships and AHRQ director, respectively.]

Genetics in Medicine
Green NS, Rinaldo P, Brower A, Boyle C, Dougherty D, et al. for the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children. Committee report: advancing the current recommended panel of conditions ofr newborn screening. Genet Med 2007 Nov; 9(11):792-96. [Fifth author is researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations, and an ex-officio member of the committee.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Wyrwich KW, Metz SM, Kroenke K, et al. Triangulating patient and clinician perspectives on clinically important differences in health-related quality of life among patients with heart disease. Health Serv Res 2007 Dec; 42(6 Pt 1):2257-74. [Supported by grants R01 HS10234 and K02 HS11635.] Select to access the abstract.

Slonim AD, Marcin JP, Turenne W,et al. Pediatric patient safety events during hospitalization: approaches to accounting for instiution-level effects. Health Serv Res 2007 Dec; 42(6 Pt 1):2275-93. [Supported by grants K08 HS14009-01 and K08 HS13179-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Holmes WC, Bilker WB, Wang H, et al. HIV/AIDS-specific quality of life and adherence to antiretroviral therapy over time. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2007 Nov 1; 46(3):323-27. [Supported by grant HS10399.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Carey EC, Covinsky KE, Lui LY, et al. Prediction of mortality in community-living frail elderly people with long-term care needs. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Jan; 56(1):68-75. [Supported by grant K02 HS00006-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Norris SL, High K, Gill TM, et al. Health care for older Americans with multiple chronic conditions: a research agenda. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Jan; 56(1):149-59. [First author is former AHRQ researcher; supported by contract HHSP-233-2005-00976P (previously publicized in AIA as Epub).] Select to access the abstract.

Vartak S, Ward MM, Vaughn TE. Do postoperative complications vary by hospital teaching status? Med Care 2008 Jan; 46(1):25-32. [Supported by grant HS-015009; uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs).] Select to access the abstract.

Sherbourne CD, Edelen MO, Zhou A, et al. How a therapy-based quality improvement intervention for depression affected life events and psychological well-being over time. Med Care 2008 Jan; 46(1):78-84. [Supported by grant R01 HS08349.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Whiteman MK, Hillis SD, Jamieson DJ, et al. Inpatient hysterectomy surveillance in the United States, 2000-2004. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Jan; 198(1):34.e1-7. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Farquhar and Steiner (Obstet Gynecol 2002) and Farquhar, Naoom, and Steiner (Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2002), both of which use HCUP data.] Select to access the abstract.

McBean AM, Uy X, Virnig BA. The use of preventive health services among elderly uterine cancer survivors. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Jan; 198(1):86.e1-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Kiefe et al. (J Gen Intern Med 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Kaldjian LC, Jones EW, Wu BJ, et al. Reporting medical errors to improve patient safety. Arch Intern Med 2008 Jan 14; 168(1):40-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Studdert et al. (JAMA 2001), Pronovost et al. (JAMA 2006 and J Crit Care 2006), Garbutt et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2007); cites AHRQ-authored article by Altman, Clancy, and Blendon (N Engl J Med 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Health Services Research
Murray RL, Coleman T, Antoniak M, et al. The potential to improve ascertainment and intervention to reduce smoking in primary care: a cross sectional survey. BMC Health Serv Res 2008 Jan 11; 8(1):6. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Grol R, Berwick DM, Wensing M. On the trail of quality and safety in health care. BMJ2008 Jan 12; 336(7635):74-6. [Notes establishment of programs on knowledge transfer and quality improvement by AHRQ]

Kamerow D. What is wrong with US health care [book review]. BMJ 2008 Jan 12; 336(7635):99. [Author is former AHRQ center director; mentions reviewed book author's suggestion that AHRQ "be given more money and a mandate to develop and disseminate comparative information about drugs, procedures, and treatments."]

ED Management
ED accreditation update: SBAR techniques help EDs comply with handoff regs. ED Manag 2007 Nov; 19(11):suppl 3-4. [Summarizes results of AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2007 Comparative Database Report, 2007,and quotes remarks from James Battles in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Covinsky KE, Lindquist K, Dunlop DD, et al. Effect of arthritis in middle age on older-age functioning. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Jan; 56(1):23-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Covinsky et al.(J Am Geriatr Soc 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Coussement J, De Paepe L, Schwendimann R, et al. Interventions for preventing falls in acute- and chronic-care hospitals: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Jan; 56(1):29-36. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (Am J Med 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Ketcham JD, Epstein AJ. Medicaid preferred drug lists' costs to physicians. Med Care 2008 Jan; 46(1):9-16. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fischer et al. (N Engl J Med 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Nuckols TK, Paddock SM, Bower AG, et al. Costs of intravenous adverse drug events in academic and nonacademic intensive care units. Med Care 2008 Jan; 46(1):17-24. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (JAMA 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Feng Z, Grabowski DC, Intrator O, et al. Medicaid payment rates, case-mix reimbursement, and nursing home staffing—1996-2004. Med Care 2008 Jan; 46(1):33-40. [Cites AHRQ publication, Expenses and Sources of Payment for Nursing Home Residents, 1996,MEPS Research Findings No. 13, 2000, and AHRQ-authored article by Cohen and Spector (J Health Econ 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles

Journal of Medical Screening
Li CH, Shiu MN, Chia SL, et al. Factors associated with referral compliance of abnormal immunochemical faecal occult blood test. J Med Screen 2007; 14(4):186-90. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Recommendations and Rationale: Screening for Colorectal Cancer, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Lee SY, Jeong SH, Kim J, et al. Scheduling mammography screening for the early detection of breast cancer in Korean women. J Med Screen 2007; 14(4):205-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Donahue KE, Gartlehner G, Jonas DE, et al. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness and harms of disease-modifying medications for rheumatoid arthritis. Ann Intern Med 2008 Jan 15; 148(2):124-34. [Supported by contract 290-02-0016 to RTI International.] Select to access the abstract.

Qaseem A, Snow V, Shekelle P, et al. Evidence-based interventions to improve the palliative care of pain, dyspnea, and depression at the end of life: a clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med 2008 Jan 15; 148(2):141-6. [Based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Cancer Care Quality Measures and End-of-Life Care, 2006, prepared under contract 290-02-003 to RAND-Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center.] Select to access the abstract.

Lorenz KA, Lynn J, Dy SM, et al. Evidence for improving palliative care at the end of life: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2008 Jan 15; 148(2):147-59. [Supported bycontract 290-02-003 to RAND -Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center.] Select to access the abstract.

Siegel J. Comparative effectiveness of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis.Ann Intern Med 2008 Jan 15; 148(2):162-3. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Donahue et al. cited above.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Dy SM, Shugarman LR, Lorenz KA, et al. A systematic review of satisfaction with care at the end of life. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Jan; 56(1):124-9. [Supported by contract 290-00-0003 to RAND-Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center.] Select to access the abstract.

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

American Journal of Medical Quality
Whitesell E, Goldfarb NI. Literature review. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jan-Feb; 23(1):73-5. [Reviews AHRQ-funded article by Bao, Fox, and Escarce (Health Serv Res 2007), and mentions findings from the NHDR, 2004.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Feng CH, Lim YW, Mattke S, et al. Systematic review: the evidence that publishing patient care performance data improves quality of life. Ann Intern Med 2008 Jan 15; 148(2):111-23. [Cites NHQR, 2004, and AHRQ Web site publication, CAHPS Overview; cites AHRQ-sponsored publication, National Survey onConsumers' Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2004; cites AHRQ-authored article by Sofaer and Crofton (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Health Serv Res 2005); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc 2001),Farley et al. (Health Serv Res 2002 and Med Care Res Rev 2002), Mukamel et al. (Inquiry 2004), Hannan et al. (JAMA 1995), and Rosenthal et al. (JAMA 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Hypertension
Kivimaki M, Head J, Ferrie JE, et al. Hypertension is not the link between job strain and coronary heart disease in the Whitehall II study. Am J Hypertens 2007 Nov; 20(11):1146-53. [Uses study cohort from theWhtehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Health Services Research
Li B, Evans D, Faris P, et al. Risk adjustment performance of Charlson and Elixhauser comorbidities in ICD-9 and ICD-10 administrative databases. BMC Health Serv Res 2008 Jan 14; 8:12. [Uses Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care 1998).]

European Journal of Epidemiology
Gimeno D, Brunner EJ, Lowe GD, et al. Adult socioeconomic position, C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 in the Whitehall II prospective study. Eur J Epidemiol 2007; 22910):675-83. [Uses study cohort from theWhtehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Neuroepidemiology
Louis ED, Henchcliffe C, Bateman BT, et al. Young-onset Parkinson's disease: hospital utilization and medical comorbidity in a nationwide survey. Neuroepidemiology 2007; 29(1-2):39-43. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1998-2003.] Select to access the abstract.

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